Mac On Sports: Don Spain Passes Away

J. Thomas McNamara

        Don Spain, who was scheduled to be inducted into the Decatur Public School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his baseball successes at Eisenhower and in professional baseball, passed away in his sleep earlier today (Thursday, July 4, 2019).
        Close Friend and former teammate Roe Skidmore responded to my call this afternoon on the news that Spain had died after battling cancer.
        “We grew up a block and half from each other, we played ball together at the park, we played ball together at Eisenhower and we played professional baseball and he was the first person I hired when I opened my Equitable office,” recalled Skidmore on the passing of his friend.
        Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Dawson & Wikoff in Mount Zion.
        We had a lengthy feature on Spain’s career in the May 8 edition, including a picture of him in his Atlanta Braves uniform.
        I will have more on Spain’s passing in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune, including our last conversation when I advised him that he was going to be inducted into the District 61 Athletic Hall of Fame in October.  Skidmore, retired coach and teacher Steve Smith and I were hoping that Don would live to be inducted.
        However, God had other plans as he must have needed a pitcher for a game there.  Spain now will be inducted posthumously with the other nine individuals, coach of the year and team at the October MacArthur at Eisenhower game.

1 Comment

  1. Lee Boyko on July 5, 2019 at 9:01 am

    I am very saddened by the death of Donnie Spain.I was just at a luncheon in Decatur on Friday at the beach house restaurant with Donnie and Roe ,Mike Henry ,Mickey Dukeman andJohn Dennis.Wow a shocker. Since I don’t live in Decatur, I was not aware of his illness.
    Although Donnie was 2 years younger than me ,we spent a lot of fun and memorable times together my Senior year in H.S.
    Playing baseball and hanging out together was special.
    He will be sorely missed.

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